Description At the top of the rise on the grassy hillside, this stone sculpture stands at the entrance to the Abbey of Gethsemani, as it has for so long and so many, sentinel and welcoming. It is rooted in the good earth, and stretches into the infinite sky. Benevolence, peace. You look up at it from the bottom of the hill, or walk up to the top and press your palms against its rough and lichened surface. Suddenly, you are quite happy. This is the mystery of it . . . St Joseph, as with the holy child, watch over us. Hold us up to our vision. Anchor us in faith, hope, love. And eternity. Amen.
Joy Bannerman, San Diego, CA Member Since March 2008 Artist Statement
JOY BANNERMAN has been designated a Third Century Artist by the North Carolina Arts Council and formerly maintained "Studio M", a New Orleans gallery in the Magazine Street shopping district. She is an ecologist as well as artist, and these strands of nature and culture give the distinctive vision and depth to her art. She is a former associate professor in the Department of Arts and Ideas at the University of North Carolina-Asheville.
Bannerman works in the interface between photographic art and paintings, using oil pastels, acrylics, metallic pens, and watercolor media. The range of her work extends from realistic images to those which integrate expressionism with representational points of the familiar. She brings to her artistic creations a depth and breadth of experience as (in no particular rank or order) wildlands-explorer, medical botanist, parent, educator, garden designer, musician, and contemplative.
Bannerman works closely with individuals, interior designers, garden designers, and architects to select or create commissioned works that enhance the pleasure, beauty, functionality, and appropriate energetics for any home, office, or public setting. These include an ever-evolving selection of paintings on canvas and board, archival prints, photographic art, and mixed-media two and three dimensional creations.
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Please keep checking this Imagekind gallery to see what's new. Next up will be a selection of ocean and botanical images (expressionist, abstract, and realist) -- in paintings, prints, photographic art, mixed-media. Whether your interest is in these subjects, or something else that calls to you, let me know what you're looking for and I'll check my catalog.